Montana Outdoors

January 2, 2009

The Coeur d’Alenes

The Coeur d’Alene Mountains are old friends that I see every day, and yet they are new each morning and change throughout each day. For the last week the skies have been dark, there has been rain, snow, sleet, fog and in general, every kind of condition hostile to photography. The week before Christmas was different, and here are a couple shots of the mountains during that period of cold arctic air.

Coeur d'Alene Mountains

Coeur d'Alene Mountains

On such days, following deer trails is an enjoyable pastime, although a tiring one in snow not quite deep enough for snowshoes and almost too deep without.

Deer trails


  1. Oh that is so beautiful! That first image is just so dramatically mind blowing, even in its simplicity.
    You’re so right — that’s so true — even the most ordinary of things that we see or experience everyday, if only we become a fraction more aware, we’ll realize that nothing is ever the same again. Even the stuff of life that we call non-living. Everything is changing, all the time, and that itself is so beautiful!


    Comment by Sumedh Prasad — January 3, 2009 @ 1:31 am

  2. love that first shot. is that a river or lake there? following the trails would be fun!


    Comment by silken — January 3, 2009 @ 8:25 am

  3. The feelings I get when lookin at fantastic shots like that make me wonder if I wasn’t a “mountain man” in a previous life! Oh I want to follow that trail, horseback, leading my second with supply packs,…. (of course i’m forgetting it’s bitter cold, right?)


    Comment by Cedar — January 3, 2009 @ 9:01 am

  4. Sumedh,

    I visit that site roughly once a week and so see the changes through the seasons. Sometimes they are dramatic, other times, subtle, but always interesting and beautiful. The key is just being there!


    Comment by montucky — January 3, 2009 @ 10:00 am

  5. Silken,

    The water is the Clark Fork River. Following the trails is a favorite pastime of mine. I never tire of it.


    Comment by montucky — January 3, 2009 @ 10:02 am

  6. Cedar,

    I know the feeling exactly! Not so much this time of year (it’s 1° at the moment), but at warmer times as I look at the mountains I want to be on that horse, heading back into the wild country with no link to a calendar. I do my best to get there on foot though, and that’s also great.


    Comment by montucky — January 3, 2009 @ 10:05 am

  7. Ooooo!! So beautiful!! That first one in particular is just spectacular! And following deer trails sounds like so much fun. 😀

    I did a little bit of that yesterday–though the snow was *really* too deep (I was sinking up to my knees). But still fun.


    Comment by gradschoolsara — January 4, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

  8. Sara,

    Yes, the snow is just at the wrong point where it’s too deep to walk through comfortably with just boots and not deep enough for snowshoes. Oh well, that will change!


    Comment by montucky — January 4, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

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